the second longest war in american history is vietnam. to have three vietnam veterans in the cabinet running veterans, running state, running defense is a remarkable milestone for veterans of that war, just as a population group, and one that didn't necessarily get treated right by this country when their time at war ended. but for all of us, for all of us, no matter how old we are, for all of us, whether or not we had any connection to the vietnam politics the first time around, for all of us there is the question now of whether the president's decision to turn to these three vietnam combat veterans for these big, important, big ticket national security posts at this time in mr. obama's presidency, does that tell us something about what this president wants in terms of policy, and what he thinks are the right lessons from our previous lives during wartime, for this particular life during wartime that we are all in together? joining us can colonel jack jacobs. he is an msnbc war analyst. he was awarded for his service in vietnam.